Otago goal shoot Te Paea Selby-Rickit at Dunedin's Edgar
Centre yesterday. Photo by Jane Dawber.
Shooter Te Paea Selby-Rickit is suddenly the hottest
property in Otago netball and is still coming to terms with her
The 18-year-old was named in the Steel squad last Wednesday
and then capped off a great week with a flawless shooting
The 1.87m goal shoot drilled 49 goals from as many attempts
to complete her first perfect game and help steer Otago to a
comfortable victory against her old side, Western. She also
pegged a point back in the family rivalry.
Her oldest sister, Miriama, took the court for Western and
had to settle for second.
But the most accomplished of the three sisters, Steel
defender Te Huinga Reo, will lay her claim to the bragging
rights when she leads the Southland defensive effort against
Otago in a national championship game at Gore this weekend.
The Selby-Rickit sisters come from a talented family. They
have two brothers who are both promising rugby and league
players, and their father, Haydn "Hud" Rickit, played two
tests for the All Blacks against Scotland in 1981.
Sport is in the blood but Te Paea said the sisters were not
that competitive with each other.
"We kind of always played together," she explained.
"Our family is hard out into sport so it was kind of just
Te Huinga Reo and Te Paea marked each other during the
national under-21 championships in Dunedin. Southland was too
good for Otago on that occasion but Te Paea is hopeful the
province can turn that result around and is looking forward
to the banter with her sister.
"She makes a few smart comments. She tries to say she is
taking it easy on me and stuff but - whatever," she trailed
When asked what it was like to mark her sister, she replied:
"I try not to think about it.
"She is just another defender. But we always get in trouble
because we always talk while we are playing.
Our coaches are like, 'Don't talk to her, just ignore her"'.
Te Paea had a taste of professional netball earlier this year
when she was called into the Steel to replace the injured
Daneka Wipiiti. She did not get on court but said it was a
good learning experience.
But despite being under the watchful gaze of Steel coach
Robyn Broughton, Te Paea said it still came as a shock when
she was named in the squad.
"It hasn't really sunk in yet. But it is really exciting."
The University of Otago student moved to Dunedin this year to
begin a physical education degree but has switched to
Netball also played a part in her shift south. She will have
to move further south - this time to Invercargill - to link
up with the Steel.
Her chances of getting court time in the ANZ Championship
must have improved greatly after her effort in the weekend.
"I didn't even realise until the coach told me after", she
said when asked about her flawless shooting against Western.
"It didn't even cross my mind. If I'd thought about it, I
would have got nervous and missed."